Dear Simon, Dear Luc,
A little bird told me that you love origami! I am happy you have been able to follow the videos I share on Origami Spirit. This video of the jumping frog is dedicated to both of you.
I learned to make this origami frog from my little brother, Luis, when we were very young like you. Luisito –that’s what we called him, loved playing with these origami frogs. He would make one origami frog for each member of the family –one for our dad, one for our mom, one each for his two sisters, and one for his brother.
Having frog competitions was Luisito’s favorite game. At the end of the day Luisito would have one frog that was the winner and announce to the whole family who the winner was.
Some times children ask me how can people make up new origami models.
I usually tell them that making new origami figures is a lot like learning how to read and write. First you have to learn the alphabet. In origami you learn the easy figures first. These are made with basic folds.
Here are examples of some basic folds. These folds are like letters of an origami ‘alphabet’.
From basic folds many figures can be made. Here are some examples:
- From the Blintz Base we can make easy figures like the cootie catcher, a lotus flower and more involved figures like this elephant.
- From the Preliminary Base we can make figures like the traditional crane and the flapping bird.
- From the Waterbomb Base we can make models like the waterbomb and this hen.
- The origami frog in the video is made with two waterbomb bases attached to each other.
We can start making up new origami figures by changing a little bit the models that we learn. Children are very good at origami. I am sure that with practice you will become much better. Soon you will be able to create your own origami figures! I can’t wait to see what you make!
I learned my first origami when I was 5 years old. It was a paper boat. As I grew up, I learned from books and from friends who showed me how to fold. Today, children can learn also from videos like the ones I share here in Origami Spirit and on my origami YouTube Channel.
Origami is like magic. We only need one piece of paper to create a figure, and many different kinds of figures can be made using only one piece of paper!
It is time to say goodbye for now. I hope you make many origami frogs and make them jump high and far.
Hugs and kisses to you,
PS. A friend gave me another idea about the frog: In the video, it is made with a rectangle cut from a square. Instead of cutting the paper in half, you can fold the sides towards the center line. This brings additional thickness and stiffness to the frog so that it jumps even better :-)
Here is a link to the post with video to make the boxes you see at the end the origami frog video.